US war crimes in Syria still unpunished
Catholic Thinker and Activist Dr. Declan Hayes shares his impression after visiting Syria.
I've just returned from Syria . I saw some things I don't want really to speak about. All the Russians who remember the Stalingrad blockade would understand. Most of Syrians are involved in the war. This is a very major issue. We can go there, we can look at these Syrian soldiers, Russian soldiers, little children with their legs blown off, women who's families have suffered terribly, we can go to the villages where every single man has died defending his country. But what could stop us of being just a compassionate tourist? One of the problem in that part of the world is that there are too many compassionate tourists. A major weakness of the Syrians is that they don't have a vibrant civil society.
If we look at the Yemen, the war crimes, that the West though Saudi Arabia is committing, they are unspeakable. The same thing is happening in Syria. We saw the other day, that NATO forces the Australia, Britain, Denmark and a few other countries massacre well over 100 Syrian soldiers ,illegally killed by western forces . There is absolutely no way that it was an accident. The situation on the ground is: the Syrian Army is holding out - it's a miracle. Besides the Syrian army there are Russian defense forces, Hezbollah, Iran and a few others. However, they are not enough to win this war and to allow civilization reassert itself.
The major problem that I see is that the Syrians, Palestinians and Yemenis , they are divided into little communities , they are very much like pre-World War one in Russia. You have pockets of excellence, but you do not have feels of excellence in the civil society sphere. So, the voice of the Syrians has not really been heard as loudly as it could be.
Let's just look what happens: the murder, a war crime according to Russian law, over one hundred Syrian soldiers. Imagine if Russia or Syria killed a hundred Americans or a hundred Australians, none of whom are in Syria Legally. The only army in Syria who are legal are those who have been invited by the Syrian government. But if any Americans were killed, we would never hear the end of it.
So, where are we? We have a Hot war and a Cold war. The Syrian army is still bravely holding out with the gallant allies, but the problem is that a civil society, the voice of civilization that should be witnessing Syrian army and its allies, is not there.